BluePrint Cleanse Level 1 Renovation Cleanse: The Skinny
I Lost: 3lbs in 3 days!
I drank: 6 drinks each day for 3 days.
1. Green Juice (romaine, celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, green apple, spinach and lemon)
2. P.A.M. (pineapple, apple, mint)
3. Green Juice (again)
4. Spicy Lemonade (lemon, cayenne, agave)
5. C.A.B. (carrot, apple, beet, ginger, lemon)
6. Cashew Milk (cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave)
So I’ve come out on the other side of the 3 day, level 1 Renovation cleanse and I’m feeling pretty great. 3 days is perfect for a detox regimen. By the time you starting hating life, it’s over (not life, the cleanse).
Was I hungry?
I wasn’t hungry like I thought I would be. The drinks were actually delicious and extremely filling. I really only became mentally hungry when I smelled or saw food. The first day of the cleanse, for example, I had to attend an event for work where they were serving passed hors d’oeuvres. PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES! (What is it about mini foods and foods on a stick that make them so delicious?) It was the only time I was in agony during the whole cleanse. When a waiter walked by me carrying a tray of endive leaves stuffed with mussels and shrimp, I almost tackled him to the ground. Again, it was more mental. I wasn’t actually hungry. I just wanted to chew on them and taste them. (And touch them and hold them and smell them.)
Could I work out?
I Lithed each of the 3 days I was on the program. I felt great and energetic throughout the day, but the workouts were a challenge for me. I felt good during the warm ups, and strength and sculpting portions, but could not keep up during the cardio series. For the entire duration of Twiggy, for example, I had a stitch in my side that made it pretty painful to jump around. I had to take the bounce out of most of the moves. Someone suggested that it was possibly because I was dehydrated. I think she was right. I was so sick of drinking things that I didn’t have a sip of water or tea or ANYTHING during the cleanse. Probably not a smart move.
Did I eat anything?
Nope! (I’m pretty proud of myself, I have to admit.) But, if you have to eat, don’t feel bad. Do what your body says and be sure to use the cheat sheet that BPC provides. It’s a list of approved foods to eat while your cleansing, like avocado and celery.
Was it as (ahem) productive as I thought it would be?
No! But apparently that’s a normal reaction. Less input less (ahem again) output. The opposite is normal too. Everybody wins!
Any down sides?
The only issue for me was that it took me all day and into the night to get through all 6 drinks. I’m a SLOW drinker of things--all things. It takes me forever to drink a glass of water, beer, wine...whatever. I nurse a beverage until it’s warm and gross and I don’t want it anymore. I don’t know why. I’ve always been that way. Couple that with the fact that you’re supposed wait an hour between drinks, and I was drinking my last drink at 10 o’clock at night every night. THEN I had to wait 2 hours before I could go to bed, so drinking 6 drinks became a marathon for me. If you’re a normal person, who drinks things at a normal rate, you should be fine.
If you are thinking of taking the cleanse, I would keep yourself busy at lunch and dinner--don't torture yourself by watching others eat. If you’re not seeing the food, the juices keep you satisfied until it’s time for the next one. (If you have to cook for others, God bless you! Make sure and have your cheat sheet handy.)
My other big piece of advice has to do with the day you pick up the juices. Be forewarned! They are heavy! There are 18 full bottles of juice in there! Plan on taking a cab home from the studio if you aren’t driving.
I felt light and clean. I didn’t have a massive boost in mental clarity as promised, but I definitely wasn't cloudy or confused due to lack of food. Overall, I say if you’re thinking about it: go for it! It’s totally manageable and you’ll see great results. My stomach looks the flattest it’s looked in years! The juice beat the bloat and got rid of a couple of extra pounds. Can’t beat that!
I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments if I didn’t cover something you’re wondering about.